Saudi Arabia donates $500,000 worth of medical equipment to Vietnam

By Huyen Le   August 6, 2021 | 04:13 am PT
Saudi Arabia donates $500,000 worth of medical equipment to Vietnam
Medical workers at a Covid-19 treatment facility in HCMC, July 19, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen.
The Saudi Arabian embassy in Hanoi has donated around $500,000 worth of medical equipment to support Vietnam's Covid-19 fight, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has affirmed.

Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Phan Quang Hieu attended a ceremony Thursday to receive the donations made on behalf of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

Wibar Abdullah I. Al-Baseer, Chargé d'affaires of the Saudi Arabian embassy, said he hoped the donations would help Vietnam fight Covid-19 effectively and restore social and economic activities.

Cuong thanked the embassy for the donations and said the equipment would be distributed to medical facilities across the country. He also hoped the foreign ministry would continue to work with the health ministry in gathering support from other countries to strengthen Vietnam's Covid-19 fighting capabilities.

Hieu expressed high regard for Saudi Arabia's support, saying it would strengthen bilateral relations.

Since the beginning of this year, Saudi Arabia has provided more than $800,000 worth of assistance for disaster relief and the Covid-19 fight.

Vietnam has recorded 185,111 local Covid-19 cases in the fourth coronavirus wave that struck the country late April, most of them – 112,479, in HCMC.

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